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Bonds To The AL? Good Or Bad?: Lost in the commotion surrounding the Dwight Maness story yesterday was a link to a story with quotes from Joe Klein about the possible Atlantic League appearance of Barry Bonds.

“What we offer someone like Barry is a chance to get game action, see live pitching and go directly to spring training. Our stadiums (seating between 4,500 and 7,000) are sold out, so there is atmosphere. He wouldn’t have to go to extended spring training,” Klein told The Rocky Mountain News.

Outside of the fact that every stadium being sold out might be news to more than a few teams, there would be some benefits if Bonds did come to the league.

And the benefits wouldn’t really be for Bonds…who, love or hate him, has nothing to prove by coming to the Atlantic League. The benefits would, of course, be for the league itself.

Sure, some teams can sell tickets on their own just fine. But some can’t. So someone like Bonds, Sammy Sosa or Mike Piazza coming would sell out whatever park they played in.

Some fans would love it, relishing an opportunity to get closer than they ever could before to some of the biggest names in baseball history. Others would hate it, but they’d still pay their 10 bucks to yell the obligatory “you suck” or make some sort of steroid comment that lacked any sort of originality.

The media? The national writers would eat it up. I can’t speak for the people who actually cover teams in this league on an everyday basis…but I’d probably hate it. I mean sure, the level of interest in this site would go up exponentially. And don’t get me wrong, you won’t see me passing up an opportunity to talk to one of the greatest players the game has ever seen.

But if covering Bonds is anywhere near what a nightmare covering John Rocker was — and there’s every reason to think that Pedro Gomez and the rest of the traveling media circus that follows him around would make it a disaster — then I want no part of it.

I’d be curious to see what the players think about the possibility of Bonds in the AL. Some might like it, some might be wary of the same things I am.

I’ll tell you right now, some teams won’t touch Bonds with a ten foot pole. I’d be willing to guess that most of them wouldn’t, actually. Now, I’m not going to mention any teams I think might take him, but…

Ahem…

So, my bad Photoshop skills aside, what do you think? Do you think Bonds will come to the AL? And if he does, how would you react?

Ducks Have A Valentine: P Joe Valentine, the former Cincinnati Red, has re-signed with the Long Island Ducks. One of the best relievers in the league last season, Valentine went 4-2 with a 1.54 ERA in 37 games. He reportedly turned down an affiliated deal late in the season.

Hernandez, Alfonzo Reassigned: Former Somerset Patriots C Michel Hernandez and ex-Bluefish and Ducks INF Edgardo Alfonzo have been reassigned to minor league camp by the Pirates and Rangers, respectively.

Alfonzo hit .308 with seven RBI in 15 games for Texas this spring.

Additionally, C Javier Lopez, who was rumored to be coming to the league at numerous points last season, has retired.

Three AL Names Head North: Jason Guarente of The Lancaster New Era and Barnstormin’ is reporting that former Bears OF Marcus Nettles and long-time AL OF Chris Van Rossum have signed with the Edmonton Cracker Cats of the Golden Baseball League.

Jim Seip also writes that York’s Luis Cotto has left for the Cracker Cats as well.

Bracket Busted: This has nothing to do with baseball, but I went a paltry 20-12 in the first round of my NCAA Tournament bracket. While my elite eight remains intact, Clemson and UConn losing did little for my Sweet 16.

How’d everyone else do?

Comments Response: I was out for most of the day yesterday, but did reply to your comments in yesterday’s page. Please check them out, and post any further questions in today’s comments. – Mike Ashmore

AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com On Facebook: Remember to sign up for our brand new Facebook group. This way people can get to know each other better, comment on happenings and just have a good ‘ole time. Sign up now.

Poll Results: Here’s the results from the last poll we posted…

Will you be attending an Atlantic League Opening Day game?

Yes – 82 (62%)
No – 32 (24%)
Maybe – 18 (13%)
Total Votes: 132

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1. Anonymous - March 22, 2008

do you see maness signing with another AL team??

2. Anonymous - March 22, 2008

whats going on with the former surf players Marval, Mikkleson, Jiannetti or meatball…got any idea…

3. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 22, 2008

I don’t know for sure, but I think that if Dwight wants to play next year, there’s a place for him in this league.

It’s been pointed out to me on several occasions that there’s a somewhat obvious fit in Newark — and obviously you all notice that too, hoping that Jim Cerny signs him.

The thing with that is…where does he play on that team? If Keith Reed isn’t available and then signed, then I think this would have a significantly greater chance of happening.

I’ll give the Bears a call on Monday to see if they have any sort of official answer…but I suspect I won’t get much, if anything at all.

As for the AC guys…I haven’t really heard too much about any of those guys. I’m pretty sure Mikkelsen isn’t coming back to Somerset, and it’s possible he may have retired. If Camden’s going younger, then Marval isn’t coming back there. Meatball’s probably headed to another indy league as he has for the past few years…Jiannetti, no idea…but Newark isn’t a destination there.

4. Paul - March 22, 2008

I really don’t want to see Barry Bonds in the Atlantic League… he’d bring too much of a circus atmosphere.

5. Mike - March 22, 2008

I must admit, seeing Barry Bonds in a Ducks cap is pretty funny. I started laughing as soon as I saw it. Being a season ticket holder from day one, it would be pretty interesting, but I really doubt it will happen.

6. Anonymous - March 22, 2008

Bonds would surprise me. Sosa wouldn’t so much. How about Julio Franco in the AL? Is there anything there?

7. BoosterBabe - March 22, 2008

Never underestimate your Photoshop skills, my friend! That was the best laugh I’ve had in DAYS!

Bonds in the AL? FInancially, it would be good for the teams. There’s no question it would attract people who otherwise wouldn’t get down there. (At least at the beginning). The media would be a circus. So the johnny come latelys might enjoy it.
Me personally? There’s more negative than positive to him. I’d rather not see it happen.

And as for U Conn…who would have ever thought they’d lose this early????????? The entire state is stunned. Ahh but we still have the girls tomorrow.
And they are playing right here in Bridgeport! (right next door to where the BLuefish play) Will be neat to see our arena on national tv.

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 22, 2008

Speaking of Bonds, I just added the new poll related to that topic. Vote now.

Also, sign up for our new Facebook group to interact with more ALB fans.

9. Anonymous - March 22, 2008

Realistically the only place Bonds would go IS Long Island. I just can’t see him anywhere else. That being said, I still don’t see it happening. Agree that the media circus that follows him around will make it more troublesome that worth it. I certainly wouldn’t want to be a “regular Atlantic League” media person if this does happen. I just can’t imagine that media coming to Lancaster and trying to stir up the regular routine here or any of the other parks in the league. (if you call it routine..haha) As far as Bonds and all his baggage….he has nothing this league needs….it would be all about Barry and there are no reasons to bring him here. Filling the stadiums is one thing but we don’t need the circus. I am sure teams would find it not worth the aggravation.

10. tteski - March 22, 2008

I think if Bonds came to the AL (which will never happen), the place for him to play would be Camden. He would be near a big city (Philadelphia), be able to draw the NL fans from Philly and definitely create more sellouts than Camden has ever seen. The Ducks don’t need Bonds to increase their attendance since they average above capacity every year.

11. Francis - March 22, 2008

Bonds in the AL will never happen. His head is too big, literally and figuratively. I am sure that he and Sosa and Piazza wouldn’t “lower themselves” to playing in the AL.

12. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 23, 2008

Rickey says that if Rickey Henderson can come to the Atlantic League, Rickey thinks anything’s possible…

13. RevsFan - March 23, 2008

RE: the NCAA tournament I went 25-7 in the first round but my west bracket is all messed up now because of U Conn & Duke losing.

14. Anonymous - March 23, 2008

no one cares about YOUR bracket!!

15. Mike - March 23, 2008

And no one cares about mine, either…but I still wrote about it because there isn’t much else going on right now.

Don’t be an ass, that was totally uncalled for…


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